Kids have a blast in the Y’s full-day recreational program on school release days and school vacation breaks. It’s safe, fun, full of age-appropriate activities that stretch kids’ minds and bodies – and gives them opportunities to practice caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Kids are engaged and entertained
Each day is different – there’s a whole lot of things to do and places to go. Arts and crafts, group games, sports, indoor and outdoor play, themed projects and field trips are just some of the ways your child might spend their day.
Awesome field trips and fun themes
Field trip samples:
- Indoor Activity Parks
- Seasonal Trips such as Pumpkin Patch or Sledding
St. Paul Midway YMCA Program Center
530 Wheeler Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104
Registration Form PDFs
- Drop-off 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
- Program Day 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Pick-up 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- *Holiday hours may vary
When the St. Paul Public School District calls for a LATE START, the Y does not offer before-care during regular a.m. hours. When the St. Paul Public School District calls for an EARLY RELEASE, the Y does not offer after-care during regular p.m. hours.
When school is cancelled due to heavy snow or cold weather, the Y offers care from 7:00AM to 5:30PM.
Inclement-weather Release Day Programs are open to children already attending YMCA Before Care and/or After Care.
If your child attends a Charter School or Alternative School that does not follow the St. Paul Public School District calendar, YMCA Before Care and After Care will be closed on St. Paul Release Days and will not offer care.
If a non-St. Paul Public school has a school closing, but St. Paul Public School District does not, we will offer Before and After Care.
School Release Day Calendar
- October 17, 18, 25
- November 15
- December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31
- January 2, 3, 20, 24
- February 17
- March 6, 30, 31
- April 1, 2, 3, 10
$44 per child per day. Late registration $54 per child per day.
Advanced registration is required to receive the standard program rate. Fees are due Monday, one week prior to the Release Day.
Registrations received later than Monday, one week prior to the release day will result in a $10 premium increase in the school release day tuition.
Registrations completed online can be paid at the time of registration or set up as an automatic electronic fund transfer (EFT). Payment is available for paper registrations via cash, check or EFT. You may authorize EFT on your registration form. EFTs will be processed on Tuesday prior to the week of the release day. You may login online to see your balance and make a payment.
Cancellations and Changes
Changes to the registration for individual release days, including cancellation, must be made in writing to the YMCA Customer Service Center by Monday, one week prior to the start of the release day. We encourage change notices to be submitted as soon as possible. If the change notice is not received, you will be billed for the original enrollment and additional days attended. To submit your cancel request, visit the Contact page. You can email or chat with customer service to complete your request.
What to Bring to School Release Days
(please label all belongings)
- Lunch, beverage and two snacks
- Appropriate clothing for outdoor play and art projects
- On swim field-trip days, a swimsuit, towel and lock
*The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please leave toys and valuables at home. In the event of low enrollment (less than 10 participants) the day may be cancelled. You will be notified five days in advance.